December 31, 2016
The Top 100 Hockey Players of the 1950s
Top Ten Scorers
Gordie Howe - With 806 points in 668 regular season contests, Gordie led all scorers in this decade, and it was not even close.
Ted Lindsay - Teammate Lindsay was second with 557 points. He also led all competitors in penalty minutes with nearly 1200
Maurice "Rocket" Richard - Rocket was just behind with 552 points. His 294 regular season goals was second to Gordie's 376.
Boom Boom Geoffrion - Boomer, who had 525 points, perfected the slap shot.
Jean Beliveau - Beliveau did not join the NHL until mid-decade, but once he did the Habs were nearly unstoppable. 510 points in just 437 games.
Bert Olmstead - Another Hab? No wonder why they won so many Stanley Cups in this decade
Tod Sloan - Somewhat forgotten star had 441 points, good for 7th highest in the 1950s
Dickie Moore - He was billed as the man who would make Montreal forget about Rocket Richard.
Andy Bathgate - Young Rangers star had strong seasons.
Alex Delvecchio - Took over from Sid Abel as center for Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay
Other Offensive Stars
Fleming Mackell - Second generation Stanley Cup champion was 11th highest scoring forward in 1950s.
Don McKenney - History should be remembering Don McKenney more appropriately than it has.
Ed Litzenberger - Gentle giant
Vic Stasiuk - Mr. Enthusiasm
George Armstrong - Army is loved as father figure of Leafs' 60s dynasty, but he was a heck of a player in his younger days during the 1950s, too.
George "Red" Sullivan - Spirited Ranger
Sid Smith - Master of the tip-in goal.
Nick Mickoski - "Broadway Nick"
Henri Richard - Little brother arrived just in time to win five Stanley Cups to finish off the decade.
Johnny Wilson - Part of the Wings dynasty at the beginning of the decade
Leo Labine - Leo the Lion was a typical Bruin - a ferocious competitor
Cal Gardner - Another tough customer who earned his rugged reputation.
Teeder Kennedy - Career was winding down by mid-decade, but one of the all time greats.
Dave Creighton - Debuted young and was solid contributor with several teams.
Jerry Toppazzini - The always popular Topper
Ron Stewart - All business on the ice, but lots of fun off of it.
Glen Skov - Contributed to Wings success in early 50s, then joined Chicago.
Dutch Reibel - The man knew how to make a first impression
Metro Prystai - One of the great names in hockey history
Danny Lewicki - Dashin' Danny could fly on the ice
Johnny Peirson - An accidental hockey player?
Eric Nesterenko - Most interesting hockey person of the era?
"Busher" Curry - He impressed the Queen
Jack McIntyre - Defensive forward extraordinaire
Marty Pavelich - Another under-appreciated Wings great.
Harry Watson - 1940s star continued through the 1950s, too
Dean Prentice - He played 500 games in this decade, too.
Lorne Ferguson - Did everything he could to stay in the league
Ken Mosdell - A top defensive forward
Rudy Migay - Strong penalty killer
Real Chevrefils - High hopes for spectacular scorer, but he battled the bottle
Ron Murphy - Duelled with Boom Boom Geoffrion
Larry Popein - Speedy "Pope" was a strong defensive forward
Ed Sandford - Strong 1953 playoffs
Red Kelly - Played some forward as a Wing, but his best years were on the blueline. First winner of Norris trophy, though he would have won more had the trophy existed prior to 1954.
Doug Harvey - One of the game's true greats, Harvey won four consecutive Norris Trophies in the 1950s (plus two more in the 60s)
Tom Johnson - The overshadowed and nearly forgotten Johnson was the only defenseman to win a Norris in the 1950s.
Bill Gadsby - This Gadsby was great.
Allan Stanley - Played admirably despite some tough times in New York
Marcel Pronovost - Key member of Detroit's 1950s success. Another player who should be more remembered by hockey history than he is.
Fern Flaman - Tough as nails.
Jim Morrison - Long forgotten blueline regular of the 1950s.
Gus Mortson - Unforgiving hitter
Jimmy Thomson - The other half of the Gold Dust Twins
Harry Howell - Long time Rangers star
Jack "Tex" Evans - An imposing figure
Warren Godfrey - It seems every defenseman in the 50s was a devastating hitter. Godfrey was no exception. They nicknamed him The Rock.
Bob Goldham - Great shot blocker
Dollard St. Laurent - Steadying influence on Habs dynasty
Tim Horton - Played 500 games in this decade, too
Doug Mohns - Played a lot more defense this decade than he did in 1960s
Bob Armstrong - Steady, stay-at-home defender
Bill Quackenbush - Mr. Clean
Terry Sawchuk - Dominated every goaltending statistic in the decade
Jacques Plante - Arrived mid decade and dominated immediately
Al Rollins - one of the most underrated goalies in hockey history
Harry Lumley - Ol' Apple Cheeks
Glenn Hall - "Mr. Goalie"
Gump Worsley - Once said the team that gave him the most trouble was his own.
Gerry McNeil - Another underappreciated puck stopper
Johnny Bower - Excelled for years in the AHL before finally sticking in the NHL by the end of the decade
Don Simmons - Established himself in Boston
Vsevolod Bobrov - The first Russian star
Marcel Bonin - He wrestled bears in the offseason.
Tony Leswick - Another key defensive forward for Detroit
Benny Woit - Quiet member of Detroit's success
Wally Hergesheimer - Wally finished 4th in league in scoring in 1953.
Don Marshall - Solid career started in Montreal
Bones Raleigh - Skinny but survived the grind
Andy Hebenton - The original ironman
Paul Ronty - Clever offensive center in the first half of the decade
Jean-Guy Gendron - Usefully utility forward dubbed Smitty
Jack Gelineau - Boston goalie was rookie of the year in 1950
Bill Dineen - Speedy forward later became notably coach
Pete Babando - 1950 Stanley Cup hero
Butch Bouchard - Habs great retired just before Habs dynasty in second half of decade
Bob Turner - Bouchard's exit allowed for Bob Turner to contribute
Larry Regan - Better late than never
Calum MacKay - A handy fill-in player for Montreal.
Bobby Hull - Debuted in 1957
Johnny Bucyk - Debuted in 1955
Joe Klukay - The Duke of Paducah
Camille "The Eel" Henry - Offensive dynamo
Norm Ullman - Established himself as one of the best at an early age
Claude Provost - All he did was win Stanley Cups
Brian Cullen - Skill was obvious
Louie Fontinato - Leaping Louie
Lidio "Lee" Fogolin Sr. - Cagey depth dman in Chicago
Al Dewsbury - Over 300 games in the first half of the decade
Dick Duff - Solid second half of the decade with Toronto